I recently came across the Australian Women Writers Challenge at the Literary Studies Convention held earlier this month at the University of Wollongong. I thought it was was a great initiative encouraging people to engage with more female Australian authors and given my recent relocation to Australia I thought signing up might give me a chance to get to grips with my new home and its literature.
As my own research focuses on the early twentieth century I’m keen to ensure at least half of the novels I read for this challenge were written before 1950, and specifically to make sure I read a number of popular genre novels alongside more canonical, well-remembered novels.
I’m hoping to keep myself accountable by posting reviews of the books I read for the challenge here and will try and post updates on my progress as I attempt to read 10 novels (and review at least six) written by Australian women before the end of the year alongside teaching my first course at my new institution.
More on this soon (I hope!)